That Mexican GP note was brought up by Wolff after the flag in Brazil as he tried to make a point.
“Whatever is in the [race] director’s notes, we’re going to accept,” he said. “I’m also OK if the director’s notes are being shredded, and we just race hard, like we did today.
“But if the director’s notes say that you can’t push anybody off the track in Mexico, and then obviously that’s valid here too, and then you’re actually being driven off the track – it’s just not very consistent, to call it that way.
“My discussion with the race director was not broadcast, but my reaction was: we’re clear that we’ll discuss it behind closed doors.”
Masi didn’t accept that there was any inconsistency relative to previous incidents or decisions.
“I’d disagree that it’s inconsistent,” he said. “You have a look at it, and as I’ve said many times before, you judge the incident on its merits, and you have a look at all of it.
“It wasn’t far off a black and white flag, to be brutally honest, for Max.”
“And let’s not forget, we have the overall ‘let them race’ principles. Looking at it all, with all of the angles that we had available, that philosophy was adopted.”
As to why those principles were applied he added: “I think if you look proximity of the cars, getting into the apex, where it is, nature of the corner. The fact that both cars went off, neither car lost position or anything like that, that was probably the general view of it.”
But wouldn’t Hamilton have made the corner had he not been edged off the road?
“If you sort of keep going a little bit further, they’re give or take about side on side,” said Masi. “So I think for the benefit of everyone, it was ‘let them race’ – so let them race.”
Intriguingly Masi did admit that he had thought about giving Verstappen a black and white ‘don’t do that again’ warning flag for the incident.
“I did, it certainly came into my mind, and then I sort of looked at it a few more times. And it wasn’t far off a black and white flag, to be brutally honest, for Max.”
Later Verstappen received one for a different incident, excessive weaving in front of Hamilton, shortly before the world champion made his successful pass.